Asbestos — How great is the risk?

Not all workers exposed to asbestos will develop diseases like mesotheloma cancer related to their exposure. The risk of developing asbestos-related mesathelioma diseases varies with the type of industry in which the exposure occurred and with the extent of the exposure. Asbestos that is bonded into finished products such as walls and tiles poses no risk to health as long as it is not damaged or disturbed (for example, by sawing or drilling) in such a way as to release fibers into the air. When asbestos fibers are set free and inhaled, however, exposed individuals are at risk of developing an asbestos-related diseases like mesothilioma cancer or mesotheleoma lung cancer.

In addition, different types of asbestos fibers may be associated with different health risks. For example, results of several studies suggest that amphibole forms of asbestos may be more harmful than chrysotile, particularly for mesotheloma. Even so, no fiber type can be considered harmless, and people working with asbestos should always take proper safety precautions to limit exposure.

People affected with asbestos diseases (mesathelioma cancer) feel risk aversions and they transfers those asbestos disease (mesothilioma cancer) to the nearers. By the way asbestos disease keep on increasing. Children fall into risk factors because of this transfering of asbestos disease.

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Sources of National Cancer Institute Information

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